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The drought during the summer and early fall that gripped most of the country has created difficulty for cattle producers. Beef producers have gone from a situation in which it looked like there was plenty of hay, to a possibility of short feed supplies this winter.
2. Cattle Today: FORAGE QUALITY AN IMPORTANT FACTOR IN BEEF PRODUCTION
As producers concerned with efficient performance of our cow herds, growing cattle and so on, we realize that management practices that promote the production of quality forages for consumption by these animals is very important. It is probably one of the most important things a producer does and subsequently requires attention year round.
3. Cattle Today: ALTERNATIVE FEEDING METHODS SHOULD BE CONSIDERED WHEN PLANNING FEEDING PROGRAM
Considering the environmental conditions many producers have experienced of late, the use of alternative forages has become quite important if not vital. One thing we have to consider is the cost of supplying these forages and what cattle may get out of them.
4. Cattle Today: FORAGE QUALITY, DIGESTIBILITY PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN CATTLE PRODUCTION
Every cattle producer knows that forage production is typically the single expenditure in most livestock operations. Since forage is the foundation of most cattle diets, an understanding of forage quality can be a very important management tool.
5. Cattle Today: HAY SHORTAGE IMPACTS PRODUCERS'DECISIONS
Livestock producers saw it coming, but the hay shortage is forcing some tough decisions that may have long-term repercussions on the health, performance and profitability of their animals.
6. Cattle Today: COOP OFFERS ALTERNATIVES TO HAY SHORTAGES
Unusual weather conditions this spring and a remarkably dry summer have contributed to a shortage of hay across much of the nation, leaving many cattle producers scrambling to come up with a strategy to extend their hay supplies, says Dr. Paul Davis, ruminant nutritionist with Tennessee Farmers Cooperative.
7. Cattle Today: PREPARE FOR THE FUTURE, EVEN IN UNCERTAIN TIMES
Every year about this time, cattlemen are faced with a host of decisions they have to make. Most of them focus on how they will manage and care for their herd over the next few months – primarily winter.
8. Cattle Today: FALL IS THE TIME TO PREPARE FOR HARSH WINTER MONTHS
Every year about this time, cattlemen are faced with a host of decisions they have to make. Most of them focus on how they will manage and care for their herd over the next few months – primarily winter.
9. Cattle Today: MAKE PREPARING FOR FALL AND WINTER A PRIORITY
Every year about this time, cattlemen are faced with a host of decisions they have to make. Most of them focus on how they will manage and care for their herd over the next few months – primarily winter.
10. Cattle Today: HAYMASTER NUTRITION INJECTION SYSTEM SAVES OLD AND POOR HAY
A new patented internal hay treatment system, The hayMaster™ Nutrition Injection System, transforms old and poor hay into nutritional hay that cows love to eat.
11. Cattle Today: WAYS TO CUT WINTER FEED COSTS
The largest single expense in running a cow is usually her winter feed cost. If you put up hay, one aspect of analyzing costs will be to look closely at your haying methods, equipment, labor and fuel and consider all your options.
12. Cattle Today: COST CONTROL AN IMPORTANT MANAGEMENT TOOL Part 3
Operation of a profitable cattle operation is, and always has been, a challenge. I am encouraged, however, that profitability is not as elusive as many may think if we do our homework and put the time and effort in to planning.
13. Cattle Today: MANAGEMENT OF SUMMER FORAGES BECOMES SUPPLY AND DEMAND ISSUE
As moisture becomes scarce and plant growth slows we have to determine how to reduce the grazing pressure and plan for coming cooler months when harvested and stored forages are normally fed.
14. Cattle Today: DRY CONDITIONS CAUSE PROBLEMS IN SOME AREAS
A couple of weeks ago I was having a conversation with a senior cattleman who told me that the months of October, November and December were the direst that North Texas had experienced since 1928. Then, a few days later I heard a report that much of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana are as much as 17 inches behind on the normal average rainfall for those areas.
15. Cattle Today: PLAN NOW FOR WINTER FORAGE PROGRAM
Believe it or not, it is time to begin planning for your winter forage program. A little effort now can pay big dividends this winter.
16. Cattle Today: NOW IS THE TIME TO MAKE PLANS FOR WINTER FORAGE
With fall approaching, it is time to begin planning the winter forage program. A little effort now can pay big dividends later.
17. Cattle Today: LOOK FOR ALTERNATIVES TO MANAGE THE FORAGE CRUNCH
Every year we encounter areas of the country that suffer from some degree of drought and thus run short of forage supplies for cattle herds as they approach fall and winter.
18. Cattle Today: CONSIDER ALTERNATIVES WHEN FORAGE SUPPLIES BECOME SHORT
In many areas forages turn up short and producers end up paying exorbitant prices for commodities that may only be actually worth 25 percent of the price paid. What causes these situations and what do we do about it?
19. Cattle Today: PRODUCERS MUST LOOK FOR FEED ALTERNATIVES DURING DROUGHT
Dry conditions shorten the available grazing and increase the time for supplemental feeding of beef cattle of all classes.
20. Cattle Today: DROUGHT FORCES PRODUCERS TO LIMIT HAY CONSUMPTION
Because of this year's drought it is likely that many producers have inadequate supplies of hay. Therefore, this month's topic will focus on providing adequate nutrition with limited amounts of hay.
21. Cattle Today: SAVVY PRODUCERS CAN SURVIVE HAY SHORTAGE
Management plans that include alternative feeding strategies for livestock and horses will be the key to survival for producers facing severe hay shortages this year.
22. Cattle Today: HAY QUALITY IMPACTED BY FIVE FACTORS
Of all the feedstuffs livestock consume, hay is probably one of the most variable in terms of quality.
23. Cattle Today: PROPER PLANNING IS THE KEY TO PRODUCTIVITY, PROFITABILITY
Often times, if you take a look at how many cattle operations are managed, they can be described in one word – reactionary. Decisions are made based on what is happening “today.” Little consideration is given to what might take place a week, month, six months or year from today.
24. Cattle Today: OPERATIONAL PLANNING IS A YEAR-ROUND TASK FOR PRODUCERS
Planning and decision-making are year-round tasks for cattle producers. One of the simplest things a producer can do is take a hour or so and sit down to create a management calendar for the coming year.
25. Cattle Today: YEAR ROUND GRAZING CUTS WINTER FEED COSTS
"Some producers seem to make hay for beef cows because they've always made hay, without considering the costs," he observed. "It's traditional." He added that many beef producers tend to overestimate weather restrictions to extended grazing.
26. Cattle Today: DEVELOPING A SOUND FORAGE ANALYSES PROGRAM
Time and time again we have discussed the importance of testing stored forages and pastures to determine the nutrient content of the material to be consumed by the cow.
27. Cattle Today: REHABBING PASTURES NEED RAIN AND REST
Mother Nature is the original steward of the land.
28.Cattle Today: MANAGEMENT CAN OFFSET EFFECTS OF RISING FEED COSTS
For all practical purposes, it appears that cattlemen may need to brace for continued higher feeding costs as we work our way through the winter.

29. Cattle Today: MANAGE FORAGE IN SEGMENTS TO MAKE IT TO SPRING
Forage producers with grazing livestock have just come through two of the worst growing seasons most folks can remember.
30. Cattle Today: SOIL, FORAGE TESTING IS IMPORTANT IN OPTIMIZING FORAGE PRODUCTION
Most cattle producers view their primary function as that of producing animals – more specifically, beef. However, in most cases the actual role the cattle producer plays is not just that of producing beef. More accurately is a role of turning grass into beef.

 

 

 


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